Publications


Improvement in Fast Particle Track Reconstruction with Robust Statistics

ArXiv (2013)

MG Aartsen, R Abbasi, Y Abdou, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, D Altmann, J Auffenberg, X Bai, M Baker, SW Barwick, V Baum, R Bay, JJ Beatty, S Bechet, JB Tjus, KH Becker, ML Benabderrahmane, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, DZ Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, S Bohaichuk, C Bohm, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, L Brayeur, HP Bretz, AM Brown, R Bruijn, J Brunner, M Carson, J Casey, M Casier, D Chirkin, A Christov, B Christy, K Clark, F Clevermann, S Coenders, S Cohen, DF Cowen, AHC Silva, M Danninger, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, M Day, CD Clercq, SD Ridder, P Desiati, KDD Vries, MD With, T DeYoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dunkman, R Eagan, B Eberhardt, J Eisch, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, S Flis, A Franckowiak, K Frantzen, T Fuchs, TK Gaisser, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, JG Gonzalez, JA Goodman, D Góra, DT Grandmont, D Grant, A Groß, C Ha, AH Ismail, P Hallen, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Hanson, D Heereman, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, R Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, W Huelsnitz, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, J Jacobsen, K Jagielski, GS Japaridze, K Jero, O Jlelati, B Kaminsky, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, JL Kelley, J Kiryluk, J Kläs, SR Klein, JH Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, M Krasberg, K Krings, G Kroll, J Kunnen, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, H Landsman, MJ Larson, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leute, J Lünemann, O Macías, J Madsen, G Maggi, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, F McNally, K Meagher, M Merck, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, N Milke, J Miller, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, R Morse, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, H Niederhausen, SC Nowicki, DR Nygren, A Obertacke, S Odrowski, A Olivas, A Omairat, A O'Murchadha, L Paul, JA Pepper, CPDL Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, C Ré, B Recht, P Redl, R Reimann, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Ribordy, M Richman, B Riedel, JP Rodrigues, C Rott, T Ruhe, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, SM Saba, T Salameh, HG Sander, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, F Scheriau, T Schmidt, M Schmitz, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, O Schulz, D Seckel, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, R Shanidze, C Sheremata, MWE Smith, D Soldin, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, NA Stanisha, A Stasik, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, GW Sullivan, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, G Tešić, S Tilav, PA Toale, S Toscano, E Unger, M Usner, S Vallecorsa, NV Eijndhoven, AV Overloop, JV Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, T Waldenmaier, M Wallraff, C Weaver, M Wellons, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, N Whitehorn, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, J Ziemann, S Zierke, M Zoll

The IceCube project has transformed one cubic kilometer of deep natural Antarctic ice into a Cherenkov detector. Muon neutrinos are detected and their direction inferred by mapping the light produced by the secondary muon track inside the volume instrumented with photomultipliers. Reconstructing the muon track from the observed light is challenging due to noise, light scattering in the ice medium, and the possibility of simultaneously having multiple muons inside the detector, resulting from the large flux of cosmic ray muons. This manuscript describes work on two problems: (1) the track reconstruction problem, in which, given a set of observations, the goal is to recover the track of a muon; and (2) the coincident event problem, which is to determine how many muons are active in the detector during a time window. Rather than solving these problems by developing more complex physical models that are applied at later stages of the analysis, our approach is to augment the detectors early reconstruction with data filters and robust statistical techniques. These can be implemented at the level of on-line reconstruction and, therefore, improve all subsequent reconstructions. Using the metric of median angular resolution, a standard metric for track reconstruction, we improve the accuracy in the initial reconstruction direction by 13%. We also present improvements in measuring the number of muons in coincident events: we can accurately determine the number of muons 98% of the time.


New distances to RAVE stars

ArXiv (2013)

J Binney, B Burnett, G Kordopatis, PJ McMillan, S Sharma, T Zwitter, O Bienayme, J Bland-Hawthorn, M Steinmetz, G Gilmore, MEK Williams, J Navarro, EK Grebel, A Helmi, Q Parker, WA Reid, G Seabroke, F Watson, RFG Wyse

Probability density functions are determined from new stellar parameters for the distance moduli of stars for which the RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE) has obtained spectra with S/N>=10. Single-Gaussian fits to the pdf in distance modulus suffice for roughly half the stars, with most of the other half having satisfactory two-Gaussian representations. As expected, early-type stars rarely require more than one Gaussian. The expectation value of distance is larger than the distance implied by the expectation of distance modulus; the latter is itself larger than the distance implied by the expectation value of the parallax. Our parallaxes of Hipparcos stars agree well with the values measured by Hipparcos, so the expectation of parallax is the most reliable distance indicator. The latter are improved by taking extinction into account. The effective temperature absolute-magnitude diagram of our stars is significantly improved when these pdfs are used to make the diagram. We use the method of kinematic corrections devised by Schoenrich, Binney & Asplund to check for systematic errors for general stars and confirm that the most reliable distance indicator is the expectation of parallax. For cool dwarfs and low-gravity giants <pi> tends to be larger than the true distance by up to 30 percent. The most satisfactory distances are for dwarfs hotter than 5500 K. We compare our distances to stars in 13 open clusters with cluster distances from the literature and find excellent agreement for the dwarfs and indications that we are over-estimating distances to giants, especially in young clusters.


Proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration: A path to the future of high-energy particle physics

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Institute of Physics Publishing 56 (2014)

R Assmann, R Bingham, T Bohl, C Bracco, B Buttenschön, A Butterworth, A Caldwell, S Chattopadhyay, S Cipiccia, E Feldbaumer, RA Fonseca, B Goddard, M Gross, O Grulke, E Gschwendtner, J Holloway, C Huang, D Jaroszynski, S Jolly, P Kempkes, N Lopes, K Lotov, J Machacek, SR Mandry, JW McKenzie, M Meddahi, BL Militsyn, N Moschuering, P Muggli, Z Najmudin, TCQ Noakes, PA Norreys, E Öz, A Pardons, A Petrenko, A Pukhov, K Rieger, O Reimann, H Ruhl, E Shaposhnikova, LO Silva, A Sosedkin, R Tarkeshian, RMGN Trines, T Tückmantel, J Vieira, H Vincke, M Wing, G Xia

New acceleration technology is mandatory for the future elucidation of fundamental particles and their interactions. A promising approach is to exploit the properties of plasmas. Past research has focused on creating large-amplitude plasma waves by injecting an intense laser pulse or an electron bunch into the plasma. However, the maximum energy gain of electrons accelerated in a single plasma stage is limited by the energy of the driver. Proton bunches are the most promising drivers of wakefields to accelerate electrons to the TeV energy scale in a single stage. An experimental program at CERN - the AWAKE experiment - has been launched to study in detail the important physical processes and to demonstrate the power of proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration. Here we review the physical principles and some experimental considerations for a future proton-driven plasma wakefield accelerator. © 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd.


The Gaia-ESO Survey: processing FLAMES-UVES spectra

ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS 565 (2014) ARTN A113

GG Sacco, L Morbidelli, E Franciosini, E Majorca, S Randich, A Modigliani, G Gilmore, M Asplund, J Binney, P Bordfacio, J Drew, S Feltzing, A Ferguson, R Jeffries, G Micela, I Negueruela, T Prusti, H-W Rix, A Vallenari, E Alfaro, CA Prieto, C Babusiaux, T Bensby, R Blomme, A Bragaglia, E Flaccomio, P Francois, N Hambly, M Irwin, S Koposov, A Korn, A Lanzafame, F Pancino, A Recio-Blanco, R Smiljanic, S Van Eck, N Walton, M Bergemann, MT Costado, P de Laverny, U Heiter, V Hill, A Hourihane, R Jackson, P Jofre, J Lewis, K Lind, C Lardo, L Magrini, T Masseron, L Prisinzano, C Worley


Multiwavelength study of Cygnus A IV. Proper motion and location of the nucleus

ArXiv (2014)

KC Steenbrugge, KM Blundell, S Pyrzas

Context. Cygnus A, as the nearest powerful FR II radio galaxy, plays an important role in understanding jets and their impact on the surrounding intracluster medium. Aims. To explain why the nucleus is observed superposed onto the eastern lobe rather than in between the two lobes, and why the jet and counterjet are non-colinear. Methods. We made a comparative study of the radio images at different frequencies of Cygnus A, in combination with the published results on the radial velocities in the Cygnus A cluster. Results. From the morphology of the inner lobes we conclude that the lobes are not interacting with one another, but are well separated, even at low radio frequencies. We explain the location of the nucleus as the result of the proper motion of the galaxy through the cluster. The required proper motion is of the same order of magnitude as the radial velocity offset of Cygnus A with the sub-cluster it belongs to. The proper motion of the galaxy through the cluster likely also explains the non-co-linearity of the jet and counterjet.


How do galaxies build up their spin in the cosmic web?

ArXiv (2014)

C Welker, Y Dubois, J Devriendt, C Pichon, S Peirani

Using the Horizon-AGN simulation we find a mass dependent spin orientation trend for galaxies: the spin of low-mass, rotation-dominated, blue, star-forming galaxies are preferentially aligned with their closest filament, whereas high-mass, velocity dispersion- supported, red quiescent galaxies tend to possess a spin perpendicular to these filaments. We explore the physical mechanisms driving galactic spin swings and quantify how much mergers and smooth accretion re-orient them relative to their host filaments and impact their shape. In particular, we analyze the effect of dispersion and morphology of galaxies and discuss potential tracers for prospective surveys.


Erratum: IceCube sensitivity for low-energy neutrinos from nearby supernovae(Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011) 535 : A109 (DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201117810))

Astronomy and Astrophysics 563 (2014)

R Abbasi, Y Abdou, T Abu-Zayyad, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, MM Allen, D Altmann, K Andeen, J Auffenberg, X Bai, M Baker, SW Barwick, V Baum, R Bay, JL Bazo Alba, K Beattie, JJ Beatty, S Bechet, JK Becker, K-H Becker, ML Benabderrahmane, S BenZvi, J Berdermann, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, D Bertrand, DZ Besson, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, C Bohm, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, AM Brown, S Buitink, KS Caballero-Mora, M Carson, D Chirkin, B Christy, F Clevermann, S Cohen, C Colnard, DF Cowen, AH Cruz Silva, MV D'Agostino, M Danninger, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, C De Clercq, T Degner, L Demirörs, F Descamps, P Desiati, G De Vries-Uiterweerd, T Deyoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dierckxsens, J Dreyer, JP Dumm, M Dunkman, J Eisch, RW Ellsworth, O Engdegård, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, BD Fox, A Franckowiak, R Franke, TK Gaisser, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, JA Goodman, D Góra, D Grant, T Griesel, A Groß, S Grullon, M Gurtner, C Ha, A Hajismail, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Han, K Hanson, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, B Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, W Huelsnitz, J-P Hülß, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jakobi, J Jacobsen, GS Japaridze, H Johansson, K-H Kampert, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, P Kenny, J Kiryluk, F Kislat, SR Klein, H Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, L Köpke, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, T Kowarik, M Krasberg, G Kroll, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, K Laihem, H Landsman, MJ Larson, R Lauer, J Lünemann, J Madsen, A Marotta, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, K Meagher, M Merck, P Mészáros, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, N Milke, J Miller, T Montaruli, R Morse, SM Movit, R Nahnhauer, JW Nam, U Naumann, DR Nygren, S Odrowski, A Olivas, M Olivo, A O'murchadha, S Panknin, L Paul, CP De Los Heros, J Petrovic, A Piegsa, D Pieloth, R Porrata, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, K Rawlins, P Redl, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Ribordy, AS Richard, M Richman, JP Rodrigues, F Rothmaier, C Rott, T Ruhe, D Rutledge, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, H-G Sander, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, T Schmidt, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, A Schultes, O Schulz, M Schunck, D Seckel, B Semburg, SH Seo, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, A Silvestri, K Singh, A Slipak, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, M Stüer, GW Sullivan, Q Swillens, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, S Tilav, PA Toale, S Toscano, D Tosi, N Van Eijndhoven, J Vandenbroucke, A Van Overloop, J Van Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, C Walck, T Waldenmaier, M Wallraff, M Walter, C Weaver, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, N Whitehorn, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, R Wischnewski, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, C Xu, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, M Zoll


From cosmic ray source to the galactic pool

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 437 (2014) 2802-2805

KM Schure, AR Bell

The Galactic cosmic ray spectrum is a remarkably straight power law. Our current understanding is that the dominant sources that accelerate cosmic rays up to the knee (3 × 1015 eV) or perhaps even the ankle (3 × 1018 eV), are young Galactic supernova remnants. In theory, however, there are various reasons why the spectrum may be different for different sources, and may not even be a power law if non-linear shock acceleration applies during the most efficient stages of acceleration.We show how the spectrum at the accelerator translates to the spectrum that makes up the escaping cosmic rays that replenish the Galactic pool of cosmic rays. We assume that cosmic ray confinement, and thus escape, is linked to the level of magnetic field amplification, and that the magnetic field is amplified by streaming cosmic rays according to the non-resonant hybrid or resonant instability. When a fixed fraction of the energy is transferred to cosmic rays, it turns out that a source spectrum that is flatter than E-2 will result in an E-2 escape spectrum, whereas a steeper source spectrum will result in an escape spectrum with equal steepening. This alleviates some of the concern that may arise from expected flat or concave cosmic ray spectra associated with non-linear shock modification. © 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.


Development of a General Analysis and Unfolding Scheme and its Application to Measure the Energy Spectrum of Atmospheric Neutrinos with IceCube

ArXiv (2014)

MG Aartsen, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, M Ahrens, D Altmann, T Anderson, C Arguelles, TC Arlen, J Auffenberg, X Bai, SW Barwick, V Baum, JJ Beatty, JB Tjus, KH Becker, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, DZ Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, C Bohm, F Bos, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, L Brayeur, HP Bretz, AM Brown, J Casey, M Casier, E Cheung, D Chirkin, A Christov, B Christy, K Clark, L Classen, F Clevermann, S Coenders, DF Cowen, AHC Silva, M Danninger, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, M Day, JPAM deAndré, CD Clercq, SD Ridder, P Desiati, KDD Vries, MD With, T DeYoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dunkman, R Eagan, B Eberhardt, B Eichmann, J Eisch, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, J Felde, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, S Flis, A Franckowiak, K Frantzen, T Fuchs, TK Gaisser, R Gaior, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, D Gier, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, JG Gonzalez, JA Goodman, D Góra, D Grant, P Gretskov, JC Groh, A Groß, C Ha, C Haack, AH Ismail, P Hallen, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Hanson, D Hebecker, D Heereman, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, D Hellwig, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, R Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, F Huang, W Huelsnitz, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, J Jacobsen, K Jagielski, GS Japaridze, K Jero, O Jlelati, M Jurkovic, B Kaminsky, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, M Kauer, A Keivani, JL Kelley, A Kheirandish, J Kiryluk, J Kläs, SR Klein, JH Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, A Koob, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, A Kriesten, K Krings, G Kroll, M Kroll, J Kunnen, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, DT Larsen, MJ Larson, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leute, J Lünemann, J Madsen, G Maggi, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, R Maunu, F McNally, K Meagher, M Medici, A Meli, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, E Middlemas, N Milke, J Miller, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, R Morse, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, H Niederhausen, SC Nowicki, DR Nygren, A Obertacke, S Odrowski, A Olivas, A Omairat, A O'Murchadha, T Palczewski, L Paul, Ö Penek, JA Pepper, CPDL Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, J Pütz, M Quinnan, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, P Redl, I Rees, R Reimann, M Relich, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Richman, B Riedel, S Robertson, JP Rodrigues, M Rongen, C Rott, T Ruhe, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, SM Saba, HG Sander, J Sandroos, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, F Scheriau, T Schmidt, M Schmitz, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, O Schulz, D Seckel, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, R Shanidze, MWE Smith, D Soldin, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, NA Stanisha, A Stasik, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, NL Strotjohann, GW Sullivan, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, A Terliuk, G Tešić, S Tilav, PA Toale, MN Tobin, D Tosi, M Tselengidou, E Unger, M Usner, S Vallecorsa, NV Eijndhoven, J Vandenbroucke, JV Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, M Wallraff, C Weaver, M Wellons, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, BJ Whelan, N Whitehorn, C Wichary, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, J Ziemann, S Zierke, M Zoll, K Morik

We present the development and application of a generic analysis scheme for the measurement of neutrino spectra with the IceCube detector. This scheme is based on regularized unfolding, preceded by an event selection which uses a Minimum Redundancy Maximum Relevance algorithm to select the relevant variables and a Random Forest as a classifier. The analysis has been developed using IceCube data from the 59-string configuration of the detector. 27,771 neutrino candidates were detected in 346 days of livetime. A rejection of 99.9999 % of the atmospheric muon background is achieved. The energy spectrum of the atmospheric neutrino flux is obtained using the TRUEE unfolding program. The unfolded spectrum of atmospheric muon neutrinos covers an energy range from 100 GeV to 1 PeV. Compared to the previous measurement using the detector in the 40-string configuration, the analysis presented here, extends the upper end of the atmospheric neutrino spectrum by more than a factor of two, reaching an energy region that has not been previously accessed by spectral measurements.


Observation of the cosmic-ray shadow of the Moon with IceCube

ArXiv (2013)

I Collaboration, MG Aartsen, R Abbasi, Y Abdou, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, D Altmann, J Auffenberg, X Bai, M Baker, SW Barwick, V Baum, R Bay, JJ Beatty, S Bechet, JB Tjus, KH Becker, M Bell, ML Benabderrahmane, S BenZvi, J Berdermann, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, D Bertrand, DZ Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, S Bohaichuk, C Bohm, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, L Brayeur, HP Bretz, AM Brown, R Bruijn, J Brunner, M Carson, J Casey, M Casier, D Chirkin, A Christov, B Christy, K Clark, F Clevermann, S Coenders, S Cohen, DF Cowen, AHC Silva, M Danninger, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, CD Clercq, SD Ridder, P Desiati, MD With, T DeYoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dunkman, R Eagan, B Eberhardt, J Eisch, RW Ellsworth, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, S Flis, A Franckowiak, R Franke, K Frantzen, T Fuchs, TK Gaisser, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, JG Gonzalez, JA Goodman, D Góra, DT Grandmont, D Grant, A Groß, C Ha, AH Ismail, P Hallen, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Hanson, D Heereman, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, R Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, W Huelsnitz, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, J Jacobsen, K Jagielski, GS Japaridze, K Jero, O Jlelati, B Kaminsky, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, JL Kelley, J Kiryluk, F Kislat, J Kläs, SR Klein, JH Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, M Krasberg, K Krings, G Kroll, J Kunnen, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, H Landsman, MJ Larson, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leute, J Lünemann, J Madsen, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, F McNally, K Meagher, M Merck, P Mészáros, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, N Milke, J Miller, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, R Morse, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, H Niederhausen, SC Nowicki, DR Nygren, A Obertacke, S Odrowski, A Olivas, M Olivo, A O'Murchadha, L Paul, JA Pepper, CPDL Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, N Pirk, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, P Redl, R Reimann, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Ribordy, M Richman, B Riedel, JP Rodrigues, C Rott, T Ruhe, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, SM Saba, T Salameh, HG Sander, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, M Scheel, F Scheriau, T Schmidt, M Schmitz, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, O Schulz, D Seckel, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, C Sheremata, MWE Smith, D Soldin, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, A Stasik, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, GW Sullivan, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, G Tešić, S Tilav, PA Toale, S Toscano, M Usner, DVD Drift, NV Eijndhoven, AV Overloop, JV Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, T Waldenmaier, M Wallraff, R Wasserman, C Weaver, M Wellons, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, N Whitehorn, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, C Xu, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, J Ziemann, S Zierke, M Zoll

We report on the observation of a significant deficit of cosmic rays from the direction of the Moon with the IceCube detector. The study of this "Moon shadow" is used to characterize the angular resolution and absolute pointing capabilities of the detector. The detection is based on data taken in two periods before the completion of the detector: between April 2008 and May 2009, when IceCube operated in a partial configuration with 40 detector strings deployed in the South Pole ice, and between May 2009 and May 2010 when the detector operated with 59 strings. Using two independent analysis methods, the Moon shadow has been observed to high significance (> 6 sigma) in both detector configurations. The observed location of the shadow center is within 0.2 degrees of its expected position when geomagnetic deflection effects are taken into account. This measurement validates the directional reconstruction capabilities of IceCube.


Multimessenger Search for Sources of Gravitational Waves and High-Energy Neutrinos: Results for Initial LIGO-Virgo and IceCube

ArXiv (2014)

TI Collaboration, TLIGOS Collaboration, TV Collaboration, MG Aartsen, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, M Ahrens, D Altmann, T Anderson, C Arguelles, TC Arlen, J Auffenberg, X Bai, SW Barwick, V Baum, JJ Beatty, JB Tjus, KH Becker, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, DZ Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, C Bohm, F Bos, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, L Brayeur, HP Bretz, AM Brown, J Casey, M Casier, D Chirkin, A Christov, B Christy, K Clark, L Classen, F Clevermann, S Coenders, DF Cowen, AHC Silva, M Danninger, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, M Day, JPAMD André, CD Clercq, SD Ridder, P Desiati, KDD Vries, MD With, T DeYoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dunkman, R Eagan, B Eberhardt, B Eichmann, J Eisch, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, J Felde, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, S Flis, A Franckowiak, K Frantzen, T Fuchs, TK Gaisser, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, D Gier, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, JG Gonzalez, JA Goodman, D Góra, DT Grandmont, D Grant, P Gretskov, JC Groh, A Groß, C Ha, C Haack, AH Ismail, P Hallen, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Hanson, D Hebecker, D Heereman, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, D Hellwig, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, R Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, F Huang, W Huelsnitz, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, J Jacobsen, K Jagielski, GS Japaridze, K Jero, O Jlelati, M Jurkovic, B Kaminsky, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, M Kauer, JL Kelley, A Kheirandish, J Kiryluk, J Kläs, SR Klein, JH Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, A Koob, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, A Kriesten, K Krings, G Kroll, M Kroll, J Kunnen, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, DT Larsen, MJ Larson, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leute, J Lünemann, O Macías, J Madsen, G Maggi, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, F McNally, K Meagher, M Medici, A Meli, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, E Middlemas, N Milke, J Miller, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, R Morse, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, H Niederhausen, SC Nowicki, DR Nygren, A Obertacke, S Odrowski, A Olivas, A Omairat, A O'Murchadha, T Palczewski, L Paul, Ö Penek, JA Pepper, CPDL Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, J Pütz, M Quinnan, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, P Redl, I Rees, R Reimann, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Richman, B Riedel, S Robertson, JP Rodrigues, M Rongen, C Rott, T Ruhe, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, SM Saba, HG Sander, J Sandroos, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, F Scheriau, T Schmidt, M Schmitz, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, O Schulz, D Seckel, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, R Shanidze, C Sheremata, MWE Smith, D Soldin, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, NA Stanisha, A Stasik, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, NL Strotjohann, GW Sullivan, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, A Terliuk, G Tešić, S Tilav, PA Toale, MN Tobin, D Tosi, M Tselengidou, E Unger, M Usner, S Vallecorsa, NV Eijndhoven, J Vandenbroucke, JV Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, M Wallraff, C Weaver, M Wellons, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, BJ Whelan, N Whitehorn, C Wichary, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, J Ziemann, S Zierke, MZTLIGOS Collaboration, TV Collaboration, J Aasi, BP Abbott, R Abbott, T Abbott, MR Abernathy, F Acernese, K Ackley, C Adams, T Adams, P Addesso, RX Adhikari, C Affeldt, M Agathos, N Aggarwal, OD Aguiar, P Ajith, A Alemic, B Allen, A Allocca, D Amariutei, M Andersen, RA Anderson, SB Anderson, WG Anderson, K Arai, MC Araya, C Arceneaux, JS Areeda, S Ast, SM Aston, P Astone, P Aufmuth, H Augustus, C Aulbert, BE Aylott, S Babak, PT Baker, G Ballardin, SW Ballmer, JC Barayoga, M Barbet, BC Barish, D Barker, F Barone, B Barr, L Barsotti, M Barsuglia, MA Barton, I Bartos, R Bassiri, A Basti, JC Batch, J Bauchrowitz, TS Bauer, C Baune, V Bavigadda, B Behnke, M Bejger, MG Beker, C Belczynski, AS Bell, C Bell, G Bergmann, D Bersanetti, A Bertolini, J Betzwieser, IA Bilenko, G Billingsley, J Birch, S Biscans, M Bitossi, C Biwer, MA Bizouard, E Black, JK Blackburn, L Blackburn, D Blair, S Bloemen, O Bock, TP Bodiya, M Boer, G Bogaert, C Bogan, P Bojtos, C Bond, F Bondu, L Bonelli, R Bonnand, R Bork, M Born, V Boschi, S Bose, L Bosi, C Bradaschia, PR Brady, VB Braginsky, M Branchesi, JE Brau, T Briant, DO Bridges, A Brillet, M Brinkmann, V Brisson, AF Brooks, DA Brown, DD Brown, F Brückner, S Buchman, A Buikema, T Bulik, HJ Bulten, A Buonanno, R Burman, D Buskulic, C Buy, L Cadonati, G Cagnoli, JC Bustillo, E Calloni, JB Camp, P Campsie, KC Cannon, B Canuel, J Cao, CD Capano, F Carbognani, L Carbone, S Caride, G Castaldi, S Caudill, M Cavaglià, F Cavalier, R Cavalieri, C Celerier, G Cella, C Cepeda, E Cesarini, R Chakraborty, T Chalermsongsak, SJ Chamberlin, S Chao, P Charlton, E Chassande-Mottin, X Chen, Y Chen, A Chincarini, A Chiummo, HS Cho, M Cho, JH Chow, N Christensen, Q Chu, SSY Chua, S Chung, G Ciani, F Clara, DE Clark, JA Clark, JH Clayton, F Cleva, E Coccia, PF Cohadon, A Colla, C Collette, M Colombini, L Cominsky, MC Jr, A Conte, D Cook, TR Corbitt, N Cornish, A Corsi, CA Costa, MW Coughlin, JP Coulon, S Countryman, P Couvares, DM Coward, MJ Cowart, DC Coyne, R Coyne, K Craig, JDE Creighton, RP Croce, SG Crowder, A Cumming, L Cunningham, E Cuoco, C Cutler, K Dahl, TD Canton, M Damjanic, SL Danilishin, S D'Antonio, K Danzmann, V Dattilo, H Daveloza, M Davier, GS Davies, EJ Daw, R Day, T Dayanga, D DeBra, G Debreczeni, J Degallaix, S Deléglise, WD Pozzo, WD Pozzo, T Denker, T Dent, H Dereli, V Dergachev, RD Rosa, RT DeRosa, R DeSalvo, S Dhurandhar, M Díaz, J Dickson, LD Fiore, AD Lieto, ID Palma, AD Virgilio, V Dolique, E Dominguez, F Donovan, KL Dooley, S Doravari, R Douglas, TP Downes, M Drago, RWP Drever, JC Driggers, Z Du, M Ducrot, S Dwyer, T Eberle, T Edo, M Edwards, A Effler, HB Eggenstein, P Ehrens, J Eichholz, SS Eikenberry, G Endrőczi, R Essick, T Etzel, M Evans, T Evans, M Factourovich, V Fafone, S Fairhurst, X Fan, Q Fang, S Farinon, B Farr, WM Farr, M Favata, D Fazi, H Fehrmann, MM Fejer, D Feldbaum, F Feroz, I Ferrante, EC Ferreira, F Ferrini, F Fidecaro, LS Finn, I Fiori, RP Fisher, R Flaminio, JD Fournier, S Franco, S Frasca, F Frasconi, M Frede, Z Frei, A Freise, R Frey, TT Fricke, P Fritschel, VV Frolov, P Fulda, M Fyffe, JR Gair, L Gammaitoni, S Gaonkar, F Garufi, N Gehrels, G Gemme, B Gendre, E Genin, A Gennai, S Ghosh, JA Giaime, KD Giardina, A Giazotto, J Gleason, E Goetz, R Goetz, L Gondan, G González, N Gordon, ML Gorodetsky, S Gossan, S Goßler, R Gouaty, C Gräf, PB Graff, M Granata, A Grant, S Gras, C Gray, RJS Greenhalgh, AM Gretarsson, P Groot, H Grote, K Grover, S Grunewald, GM Guidi, CJ Guido, K Gushwa, EK Gustafson, R Gustafson, J Ha, ED Hall, W Hamilton, D Hammer, G Hammond, M Hanke, J Hanks, C Hanna, MD Hannam, J Hanson, J Harms, GM Harry, IW Harry, ED Harstad, M Hart, MT Hartman, CJ Haster, K Haughian, A Heidmann, M Heintze, H Heitmann, P Hello, G Hemming, M Hendry, IS Heng, AW Heptonstall, M Heurs, M Hewitson, S Hild, D Hoak, KA Hodge, D Hofman, K Holt, P Hopkins, T Horrom, D Hoske, DJ Hosken, J Hough, EJ Howell, Y Hu, E Huerta, B Hughey, S Husa, SH Huttner, M Huynh, T Huynh-Dinh, A Idrisy, DR Ingram, R Inta, G Islas, T Isogai, A Ivanov, BR Iyer, K Izumi, M Jacobson, H Jang, P Jaranowski, Y Ji, F Jiménez-Forteza, WW Johnson, DI Jones, R Jones, RJG Jonker, L Ju, K Haris, P Kalmus, V Kalogera, S Kandhasamy, G Kang, JB Kanner, J Karlen, M Kasprzack, E Katsavounidis, W Katzman, H Kaufer, S Kaufer, T Kaur, K Kawabe, F Kawazoe, F Kéfélian, GM Keiser, D Keitel, DB Kelley, W Kells, DG Keppel, A Khalaidovski, FY Khalili, EA Khazanov, C Kim, K Kim, NG Kim, N Kim, S Kim, YM Kim, EJ King, PJ King, DL Kinzel, JS Kissel, S Klimenko, J Kline, S Koehlenbeck, K Kokeyama, V Kondrashov, S Koranda, WZ Korth, I Kowalska, DB Kozak, V Kringel, A Królak, G Kuehn, A Kumar, DN Kumar, P Kumar, R Kumar, L Kuo, A Kutynia, PK Lam, M Landry, B Lantz, S Larson, PD Lasky, A Lazzarini, C Lazzaro, P Leaci, S Leavey, EO Lebigot, CH Lee, HK Lee, HM Lee, J Lee, PJ Lee, M Leonardi, JR Leong, AL Roux, N Leroy, N Letendre, Y Levin, B Levine, J Lewis, TGF Li, K Libbrecht, A Libson, AC Lin, TB Littenberg, NA Lockerbie, V Lockett, D Lodhia, K Loew, J Logue, AL Lombardi, E Lopez, M Lorenzini, V Loriette, M Lormand, G Losurdo, J Lough, MJ Lubinski, H Lück, AP Lundgren, Y Ma, EP Macdonald, T MacDonald, B Machenschalk, M MacInnis, DM Macleod, F Magaña-Sandoval, R Magee, M Mageswaran, C Maglione, K Mailand, E Majorana, I Maksimovic, V Malvezzi, N Man, GM Manca, I Mandel, V Mandic, V Mangano, NM Mangini, G Mansell, M Mantovani, F Marchesoni, F Marion, S Márka, Z Márka, A Markosyan, E Maros, J Marque, F Martelli, IW Martin, RM Martin, L Martinelli, D Martynov, JN Marx, K Mason, A Masserot, TJ Massinger, F Matichard, L Matone, N Mavalvala, G May, N Mazumder, G Mazzolo, R McCarthy, DE McClelland, SC McGuire, G McIntyre, J McIver, K McLin, D Meacher, GD Meadors, M Mehmet, J Meidam, M Meinders, A Melatos, G Mendell, RA Mercer, S Meshkov, C Messenger, MS Meyer, PM Meyers, F Mezzani, H Miao, C Michel, EE Mikhailov, L Milano, J Miller, Y Minenkov, CMF Mingarelli, C Mishra, S Mitra, VP Mitrofanov, G Mitselmakher, R Mittleman, B Moe, A Moggi, M Mohan, SRP Mohapatra, D Moraru, G Moreno, N Morgado, SR Morriss, K Mossavi, B Mours, CM Mow-Lowry, CL Mueller, G Mueller, S Mukherjee, A Mullavey, J Munch, D Murphy, PG Murray, A Mytidis, MF Nagy, I Nardecchia, L Naticchioni, RK Nayak, V Necula, G Nelemans, I Neri, M Neri, G Newton, T Nguyen, AB Nielsen, S Nissanke, AH Nitz, F Nocera, D Nolting, MEN Normandin, LK Nuttall, E Ochsner, J O'Dell, E Oelker, JJ Oh, SH Oh, F Ohme, S Omar, P Oppermann, R Oram, B O'Reilly, W Ortega, R O'Shaughnessy, C Osthelder, DJ Ottaway, RS Ottens, H Overmier, BJ Owen, C Padilla, A Pai, O Palashov, C Palomba, H Pan, Y Pan, C Pankow, F Paoletti, MA Papa, H Paris, A Pasqualetti, R Passaquieti, D Passuello, M Pedraza, A Pele, S Penn, A Perreca, M Phelps, M Pichot, M Pickenpack, F Piergiovanni, V Pierro, L Pinard, IM Pinto, M Pitkin, J Poeld, R Poggiani, A Poteomkin, J Powell, J Prasad, V Predoi, S Premachandra, T Prestegard, LR Price, M Prijatelj, S Privitera, GA Prodi, L Prokhorov, O Puncken, M Punturo, P Puppo, M Pürrer, J Qin, V Quetschke, E Quintero, R Quitzow-James, FJ Raab, DS Rabeling, I Rácz, H Radkins, P Raffai, S Raja, G Rajalakshmi, M Rakhmanov, C Ramet, K Ramirez, P Rapagnani, V Raymond, M Razzano, V Re, S Recchia, CM Reed, T Regimbau, S Reid, DH Reitze, O Reula, E Rhoades, F Ricci, R Riesen, K Riles, NA Robertson, F Robinet, A Rocchi, SB Roddy, L Rolland, JG Rollins, R Romano, G Romanov, JH Romie, D Rosińska, S Rowan, A Rüdiger, P Ruggi, K Ryan, F Salemi, L Sammut, V Sandberg, JR Sanders, S Sankar, V Sannibale, I Santiago-Prieto, E Saracco, B Sassolas, BS Sathyaprakash, PR Saulson, R Savage, J Scheuer, R Schilling, M Schilman, P Schmidt, R Schnabel, RMS Schofield, E Schreiber, D Schuette, BF Schutz, J Scott, SM Scott, D Sellers, AS Sengupta, D Sentenac, V Sequino, A Sergeev, DA Shaddock, S Shah, MS Shahriar, M Shaltev, Z Shao, B Shapiro, P Shawhan, DH Shoemaker, TL Sidery, K Siellez, X Siemens, D Sigg, D Simakov, A Singer, L Singer, R Singh, AM Sintes, BJJ Slagmolen, J Slutsky, JR Smith, MR Smith, RJE Smith, ND Smith-Lefebvre, EJ Son, B Sorazu, T Souradeep, A Staley, J Stebbins, M Steinke, J Steinlechner, S Steinlechner, BC Stephens, S Steplewski, S Stevenson, R Stone, D Stops, KA Strain, N Straniero, S Strigin, R Sturani, AL Stuver, TZ Summerscales, S Susmithan, PJ Sutton, B Swinkels, M Tacca, D Talukder, DB Tanner, J Tao, SP Tarabrin, R Taylor, G Tellez, MP Thirugnanasambandam, M Thomas, P Thomas, KA Thorne, KS Thorne, E Thrane, V Tiwari, KV Tokmakov, C Tomlinson, M Tonelli, CV Torres, CI Torrie, F Travasso, G Traylor, M Tse, D Tshilumba, H Tuennermann, D Ugolini, CS Unnikrishnan, AL Urban, SA Usman, H Vahlbruch, G Vajente, G Valdes, M Vallisneri, MV Beuzekom, JFJVD Brand, CVD Broeck, MVVD Sluys, JV Heijningen, AAV Veggel, S Vass, M Vasúth, R Vaulin, A Vecchio, G Vedovato, J Veitch, PJ Veitch, K Venkateswara, D Verkindt, F Vetrano, A Viceré, R Vincent-Finley, JY Vinet, S Vitale, T Vo, H Vocca, C Vorvick, WD Vousden, SP Vyachanin, AR Wade, L Wade, M Wade, M Walker, L Wallace, S Walsh, M Wang, X Wang, RL Ward, M Was, B Weaver, LW Wei, M Weinert, AJ Weinstein, R Weiss, T Welborn, L Wen, P Wessels, M West, T Westphal, K Wette, JT Whelan, DJ White, BF Whiting, K Wiesner, C Wilkinson, K Williams, L Williams, R Williams, TD Williams, AR Williamson, JL Willis, B Willke, M Wimmer, W Winkler, CC Wipf, AG Wiseman, H Wittel, G Woan, N Wolovick, J Worden, Y Wu, J Yablon, I Yakushin, W Yam, H Yamamoto, CC Yancey, H Yang, S Yoshida, M Yvert, A Zadrożny, M Zanolin, JP Zendri, F Zhang, L Zhang, C Zhao, H Zhu, XJ Zhu, ME Zucker, S Zuraw, J Zweizig

We report the results of a multimessenger search for coincident signals from the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave observatories and the partially completed IceCube high-energy neutrino detector, including periods of joint operation between 2007-2010. These include parts of the 2005-2007 run and the 2009-2010 run for LIGO-Virgo, and IceCube's observation periods with 22, 59 and 79 strings. We find no significant coincident events, and use the search results to derive upper limits on the rate of joint sources for a range of source emission parameters. For the optimistic assumption of gravitational-wave emission energy of $10^{-2}$\,M$_\odot$c$^2$ at $\sim 150$\,Hz with $\sim 60$\,ms duration, and high-energy neutrino emission of $10^{51}$\,erg comparable to the isotropic gamma-ray energy of gamma-ray bursts, we limit the source rate below $1.6 \times 10^{-2}$\,Mpc$^{-3}$yr$^{-1}$. We also examine how combining information from gravitational waves and neutrinos will aid discovery in the advanced gravitational-wave detector era.


Search for neutrino-induced particle showers with IceCube-40

ArXiv (2013)

I Collaboration, MG Aartsen, R Abbasi, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, D Altmann, C Arguelles, TC Arlen, J Auffenberg, X Bai, M Baker, SW Barwick, V Baum, R Bay, JJ Beatty, JB Tjus, KH Becker, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, DZ Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, C Bohm, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, L Brayeur, HP Bretz, AM Brown, R Bruijn, J Casey, M Casier, D Chirkin, A Christov, B Christy, K Clark, L Classen, F Clevermann, S Coenders, S Cohen, DF Cowen, AHC Silva, M Danninger, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, M Day, JPAMD André, CD Clercq, SD Ridder, P Desiati, KDD Vries, MD With, T DeYoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dunkman, R Eagan, B Eberhardt, B Eichmann, J Eisch, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, S Flis, A Franckowiak, K Frantzen, T Fuchs, TK Gaisser, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, JG Gonzalez, JA Goodman, D Góra, DT Grandmont, D Grant, P Gretskov, JC Groh, A Groß, C Ha, AH Ismail, P Hallen, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Hanson, D Hebecker, D Heereman, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, R Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, F Huang, W Huelsnitz, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, J Jacobsen, K Jagielski, GS Japaridze, K Jero, O Jlelati, B Kaminsky, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, M Kauer, JL Kelley, J Kiryluk, J Kläs, SR Klein, JH Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, M Krasberg, A Kriesten, K Krings, G Kroll, J Kunnen, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, H Landsman, MJ Larson, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leute, J Lünemann, O Macías, J Madsen, G Maggi, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, F McNally, K Meagher, M Merck, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, N Milke, J Miller, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, R Morse, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, H Niederhausen, SC Nowicki, DR Nygren, A Obertacke, S Odrowski, A Olivas, A Omairat, A O'Murchadha, T Palczewski, L Paul, JA Pepper, CPDL Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, M Quinnan, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, P Redl, R Reimann, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Ribordy, M Richman, B Riedel, S Robertson, JP Rodrigues, C Rott, T Ruhe, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, SM Saba, HG Sander, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, F Scheriau, T Schmidt, M Schmitz, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, O Schulz, D Seckel, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, R Shanidze, C Sheremata, MWE Smith, D Soldin, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, NA Stanisha, A Stasik, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, NL Strotjohann, GW Sullivan, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, G Tešić, S Tilav, PA Toale, MN Tobin, S Toscano, M Tselengidou, E Unger, M Usner, S Vallecorsa, NV Eijndhoven, AV Overloop, JV Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, T Waldenmaier, M Wallraff, C Weaver, M Wellons, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, B Whelan, N Whitehorn, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, J Ziemann, S Zierke, M Zoll

We report on the search for neutrino-induced particle-showers, so-called cascades, in the IceCube-40 detector. The data for this search was collected between April 2008 and May 2009 when the first 40 IceCube strings were deployed and operational. Three complementary searches were performed, each optimized for different energy regimes. The analysis with the lowest energy threshold (2 TeV) targeted atmospheric neutrinos. A total of 67 events were found, consistent with the expectation of 41 atmospheric muons and 30 atmospheric neutrino events. The two other analyses targeted a harder, astrophysical neutrino flux. The analysis with an intermediate threshold of 25 TeV lead to the observation of 14 cascade-like events, again consistent with the prediction of 3.0 atmospheric neutrino and 7.7 atmospheric muon events. We hence set an upper limit of $E^2 \Phi_{lim} \leq 7.46\times10^{-8}\,\mathrm{GeV sr^{-1} s^{-1} cm^{-2}}$ (90% C.L.) on the diffuse flux from astrophysical neutrinos of all neutrino flavors, applicable to the energy range 25 TeV to 5 PeV, assuming an $E_{\nu}^{-2}$ spectrum and a neutrino flavor ratio of 1:1:1 at the Earth. The third analysis utilized a larger and optimized sample of atmospheric muon background simulation, leading to a higher energy threshold of 100 TeV. Three events were found over a background prediction of 0.04 atmospheric muon events and 0.21 events from the flux of conventional and prompt atmospheric neutrinos. Including systematic errors this corresponds to a $2.7\sigma$ excess with respect to the background-only hypothesis. Our observation of neutrino event candidates above 100 TeV complements IceCube's recently observed evidence for high-energy astrophysical neutrinos.


AMS-02 data confronts acceleration of cosmic ray secondaries in nearby sources

ArXiv (2014)

P Mertsch, S Sarkar

We revisit the model proposed earlier to account for the observed increase in the positron fraction in cosmic rays with increasing energy, in the light of new data from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) experiment. The model accounts for the production and acceleration of secondary electrons and positrons in nearby supernova remnants which results in an additional, harder component that becomes dominant at high energies. By fitting this to AMS-02 data we can calculate the expected concomitant rise of the boron-to-carbon ratio, as well as of the fraction of antiprotons. If these predictions are confirmed by the forthcoming AMS-02 data it would conclusively rule out all other proposed explanations, in particular dark matter annihilations or decays.


Modelling gamma-ray photon emission and pair production in high-intensity laser-matter interactions

Journal of Computational Physics 260 (2014) 273-285

CP Ridgers, JG Kirk, R Duclous, TG Blackburn, CS Brady, K Bennett, TD Arber, AR Bell

In high-intensity (>1021 Wcm -2) laser-matter interactions gamma-ray photon emission by the electrons can strongly affect the electron's dynamics and copious numbers of electron-positron pairs can be produced by the emitted photons. We show how these processes can be included in simulations by coupling a Monte Carlo algorithm describing the emission to a particle-in-cell code. The Monte Carlo algorithm includes quantum corrections to the photon emission, which we show must be included if the pair production rate is to be correctly determined. The accuracy, convergence and energy conservation properties of the Monte Carlo algorithm are analysed in simple test problems. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.


Alternative ignition schemes in inertial confinement fusion

Nuclear Fusion Institute of Physics Publishing 54 (2014)

M Tabak, P Norreys, VT Tikhonchuk, KA Tanaka

This paper presents a short overview of a series of review articles describing alternative approaches to ignition of fusion reactions in inertially confined plasmas. © 2014 IAEA, Vienna.


Atmospheric and Astrophysical Neutrinos above 1 TeV Interacting in IceCube

ArXiv (2014)

MG Aartsen, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, M Ahrens, D Altmann, T Anderson, C Arguelles, TC Arlen, J Auffenberg, X Bai, SW Barwick, V Baum, R Bay, JJ Beatty, JB Tjus, KH Becker, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, DZ Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, C Bohm, F Bos, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, L Brayeur, HP Bretz, AM Brown, N Buzinsky, J Casey, M Casier, E Cheung, D Chirkin, A Christov, B Christy, K Clark, L Classen, F Clevermann, S Coenders, DF Cowen, AHC Silva, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, M Day, JPAMD André, CD Clercq, SD Ridder, P Desiati, KDD Vries, MD With, T DeYoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dunkman, R Eagan, B Eberhardt, B Eichmann, J Eisch, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, J Felde, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, S Flis, A Franckowiak, K Frantzen, T Fuchs, TK Gaisser, R Gaior, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, D Gier, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, JG Gonzalez, JA Goodman, D Góra, D Grant, P Gretskov, JC Groh, A Groß, C Ha, C Haack, AH Ismail, P Hallen, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Hanson, D Hebecker, D Heereman, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, D Hellwig, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, R Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, F Huang, W Huelsnitz, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, J Jacobsen, K Jagielski, GS Japaridze, K Jero, O Jlelati, M Jurkovic, B Kaminsky, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, M Kauer, A Keivani, JL Kelley, A Kheirandish, J Kiryluk, J Kläs, SR Klein, JH Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, A Koob, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, A Kriesten, K Krings, G Kroll, M Kroll, J Kunnen, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, DT Larsen, MJ Larson, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leute, J Lünemann, J Madsen, G Maggi, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, R Maunu, F McNally, K Meagher, M Medici, A Meli, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, E Middlemas, N Milke, J Miller, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, R Morse, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, H Niederhausen, SC Nowicki, DR Nygren, A Obertacke, S Odrowski, A Olivas, A Omairat, A O'Murchadha, T Palczewski, L Paul, Ö Penek, JA Pepper, CPDL Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, J Pütz, M Quinnan, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, P Redl, I Rees, R Reimann, M Relich, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Richman, B Riedel, S Robertson, JP Rodrigues, M Rongen, C Rott, T Ruhe, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, SM Saba, HG Sander, J Sandroos, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, F Scheriau, T Schmidt, M Schmitz, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, O Schulz, D Seckel, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, R Shanidze, MWE Smith, D Soldin, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, NA Stanisha, A Stasik, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, NL Strotjohann, GW Sullivan, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, A Terliuk, G Tešić, S Tilav, PA Toale, MN Tobin, D Tosi, M Tselengidou, E Unger, M Usner, S Vallecorsa, NV Eijndhoven, J Vandenbroucke, JV Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, M Wallraff, C Weaver, M Wellons, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, BJ Whelan, N Whitehorn, C Wichary, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, J Ziemann, S Zierke, M Zoll

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory was designed primarily to search for high-energy (TeV--PeV) neutrinos produced in distant astrophysical objects. A search for $\gtrsim 100$~TeV neutrinos interacting inside the instrumented volume has recently provided evidence for an isotropic flux of such neutrinos. At lower energies, IceCube collects large numbers of neutrinos from the weak decays of mesons in cosmic-ray air showers. Here we present the results of a search for neutrino interactions inside IceCube's instrumented volume between 1~TeV and 1~PeV in 641 days of data taken from 2010--2012, lowering the energy threshold for neutrinos from the southern sky below 10 TeV for the first time, far below the threshold of the previous high-energy analysis. Astrophysical neutrinos remain the dominant component in the southern sky down to 10 TeV. From these data we derive new constraints on the diffuse astrophysical neutrino spectrum, $\Phi_{\nu} = 2.06^{+0.4}_{-0.3} \times 10^{-18} \left({E_{\nu}}/{10^5 \,\, \rm{GeV}} \right)^{-2.46 \pm 0.12} {\rm {GeV^{-1} \, cm^{-2} \, sr^{-1} \, s^{-1}} } $, as well as the strongest upper limit yet on the flux of neutrinos from charmed-meson decay in the atmosphere, 1.52 times the benchmark theoretical prediction used in previous IceCube results at 90\% confidence.


Searches for small-scale anisotropies from neutrino point sources with three years of IceCube data

ArXiv (2014)

MG Aartsen, M Ackermann, J Adams, JA Aguilar, M Ahlers, M Ahrens, D Altmann, T Anderson, C Arguelles, TC Arlen, J Auffenberg, X Bai, SW Barwick, V Baum, JJ Beatty, JB Tjus, KH Becker, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, DZ Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, J Blumenthal, DJ Boersma, C Bohm, F Bos, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, L Brayeur, HP Bretz, AM Brown, J Casey, M Casier, E Cheung, D Chirkin, A Christov, B Christy, K Clark, L Classen, F Clevermann, S Coenders, DF Cowen, AHC Silva, M Danninger, J Daughhetee, JC Davis, M Day, JPAMD André, CD Clercq, SD Ridder, P Desiati, KDD Vries, MD With, T DeYoung, JC Díaz-Vélez, M Dunkman, R Eagan, B Eberhardt, B Eichmann, J Eisch, S Euler, PA Evenson, O Fadiran, AR Fazely, A Fedynitch, J Feintzeig, J Felde, T Feusels, K Filimonov, C Finley, T Fischer-Wasels, S Flis, A Franckowiak, K Frantzen, T Fuchs, TK Gaisser, R Gaior, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, D Gier, L Gladstone, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, JG Gonzalez, JA Goodman, D Góra, D Grant, P Gretskov, JC Groh, A Groß, C Ha, C Haack, AH Ismail, P Hallen, A Hallgren, F Halzen, K Hanson, D Hebecker, D Heereman, D Heinen, K Helbing, R Hellauer, D Hellwig, S Hickford, GC Hill, KD Hoffman, R Hoffmann, A Homeier, K Hoshina, F Huang, W Huelsnitz, PO Hulth, K Hultqvist, S Hussain, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, J Jacobsen, K Jagielski, GS Japaridze, K Jero, O Jlelati, M Jurkovic, B Kaminsky, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, M Kauer, JL Kelley, A Kheirandish, J Kiryluk, J Kläs, SR Klein, JH Köhne, G Kohnen, H Kolanoski, A Koob, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, DJ Koskinen, M Kowalski, A Kriesten, K Krings, G Kroll, M Kroll, J Kunnen, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, DT Larsen, MJ Larson, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leute, J Lünemann, J Madsen, G Maggi, R Maruyama, K Mase, HS Matis, R Maunu, F McNally, K Meagher, M Medici, A Meli, T Meures, S Miarecki, E Middell, E Middlemas, N Milke, J Miller, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, R Morse, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, H Niederhausen, SC Nowicki, DR Nygren, A Obertacke, S Odrowski, A Olivas, A Omairat, A O'Murchadha, T Palczewski, L Paul, Ö Penek, JA Pepper, CPDL Heros, C Pfendner, D Pieloth, E Pinat, J Posselt, PB Price, GT Przybylski, J Pütz, M Quinnan, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, P Redl, I Rees, R Reimann, M Relich, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Richman, B Riedel, S Robertson, JP Rodrigues, M Rongen, C Rott, T Ruhe, B Ruzybayev, D Ryckbosch, SM Saba, HG Sander, J Sandroos, M Santander, S Sarkar, K Schatto, F Scheriau, T Schmidt, M Schmitz, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, A Schönwald, A Schukraft, L Schulte, O Schulz, D Seckel, Y Sestayo, S Seunarine, R Shanidze, MWE Smith, D Soldin, GM Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stamatikos, T Stanev, NA Stanisha, A Stasik, T Stezelberger, RG Stokstad, A Stößl, EA Strahler, R Ström, NL Strotjohann, GW Sullivan, H Taavola, I Taboada, A Tamburro, A Tepe, S Ter-Antonyan, A Terliuk, G Tešić, S Tilav, PA Toale, MN Tobin, D Tosi, M Tselengidou, E Unger, M Usner, S Vallecorsa, NV Eijndhoven, J Vandenbroucke, JV Santen, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, M Wallraff, C Weaver, M Wellons, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, BJ Whelan, N Whitehorn, C Wichary, K Wiebe, CH Wiebusch, DR Williams, H Wissing, M Wolf, TR Wood, K Woschnagg, DL Xu, XW Xu, JP Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, P Zarzhitsky, J Ziemann, S Zierke, M Zoll

Recently, IceCube found evidence for a diffuse signal of astrophysical neutrinos in an energy range of $60\,\mathrm{TeV}$ to the $\mathrm{PeV}$-scale. The origin of those events, being a key to understanding the origin of cosmic rays, is still an unsolved question. So far, analyses have not succeeded to resolve the diffuse signal into point-like sources. Searches including a maximum-likelihood-ratio test, based on the reconstructed directions and energies of the detected down- and up-going neutrino candidates, were also performed on IceCube data leading to the exclusion of bright point sources. In this paper, we present two methods to search for faint neutrino point sources in three years of IceCube data, taken between 2008 and 2011. The first method is an autocorrelation test, applied separately to the northern and southern sky. The second method is a multipole analysis, which expands the measured data in the northern hemisphere into spherical harmonics and uses the resulting expansion coefficients to separate signal from background. With both methods, the results are consistent with the background expectation with a slightly more sparse spatial distribution, corresponding to an underfluctuation. Depending on the assumed number of sources, the resulting upper limit on the flux per source in the northern hemisphere for an $E^{-2}$ energy spectrum ranges from $1.5 \cdot 10^{-8}\,\mathrm{GeV}/(\mathrm{cm}^2 \mathrm{s})$, in the case of one assumed source, to $4 \cdot 10^{-10} \,\mathrm{GeV}/(\mathrm{cm}^2 \mathrm{s})$, in the case of $3500$ assumed sources.


Actions, angles and frequencies for numerically integrated orbits

MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY 441 (2014) 3284-3295

JL Sanders, J Binney


Enhanced proton beam collimation in the ultra-intense short pulse regime

PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION 56 (2014) ARTN 084001

JS Green, NP Dover, M Borghesi, CM Brenner, FH Cameron, DC Carroll, PS Foster, P Gallegos, G Gregori, P McKenna, CD Murphy, Z Najmudin, CAJ Palmer, R Prasad, L Romagnani, KE Quinn, J Schreiber, MJV Streeter, S Ter-Avetisyan, O Tresca, M Zepf, D Neely


Characterisation of deuterium spectra from laser driven multi-species sources by employing differentially filtered image plate detectors in Thomson spectrometers.

The Review of scientific instruments 85 (2014) 093303-

A Alejo, S Kar, H Ahmed, AG Krygier, D Doria, R Clarke, J Fernandez, RR Freeman, J Fuchs, A Green, JS Green, D Jung, A Kleinschmidt, CL Lewis, JT Morrison, Z Najmudin, H Nakamura, G Nersisyan, P Norreys, M Notley, M Oliver, M Roth, JA Ruiz, L Vassura, M Zepf, M Borghesi

A novel method for characterising the full spectrum of deuteron ions emitted by laser driven multi-species ion sources is discussed. The procedure is based on using differential filtering over the detector of a Thompson parabola ion spectrometer, which enables discrimination of deuterium ions from heavier ion species with the same charge-to-mass ratio (such as C(6+), O(8+), etc.). Commonly used Fuji Image plates were used as detectors in the spectrometer, whose absolute response to deuterium ions over a wide range of energies was calibrated by using slotted CR-39 nuclear track detectors. A typical deuterium ion spectrum diagnosed in a recent experimental campaign is presented, which was produced from a thin deuterated plastic foil target irradiated by a high power laser.